Decision 2022 at Southside United Methodist Church


A while ago, Pastor Phillip read a letter to the congregation. It was calling attention to the pending division in our denomination. A copy of that letter was sent via email, linked in the newsletter, and posted below here on the website.


Since he has asked various members of Southside to serve on a "Study Team." Thus tasking them to research ALL the options available to Southside on this matter. This study team will carefully review, learn and study all the options to provide the Southside church community with as much information as possible. After the study team has taken a season doing so, they will report to the Southside congregation their findings. Upon hearing the gathered information, the Southside congregational members will be able to vote.


Please note: that the Decision 2022 Study Team is NOT deciding for the church; they are simply a committee formed to gather information and present it to the Southside congregation. Upon conclusion of their research, the committee will present its findings to the church. Members of the church will then be able to in-person vote on our future path. 


As we recognize how important it is to keep our congregation up-to-date with the developments. Below, you will find a list of communications sent out to the congregation during this process to date. Please email them to the Decision 2022 Study Team at - If you have any questions, comments, or concerns that you wish to raise. 


If you can not attend any of the scheduled meetings discussing this matter please contact Pastor Phillip, Pastor Dale or the Study Team directly.


We are all here for each other!

There have been some on-going conversations about the United Methodist Church, the divisions that are coming to our denomination, and how Southside United Methodist Church will address them.  During this season it is important to ask: “What does the Bible say?” Join Pastor Dale this Sunday, June 26th at 10:00 am or 11:00 am in the Chapel for a presentation on what the Bible says and how it pertains to the conversations in the UMC.


There will be two additional opportunities for you to hear this presentation. Pastor Dale on Sunday, July 24th at 6:00 pm in the Chapel. Pastor Phillip on Sunday, July 31st at 4:00 pm in the Chapel.

Pastor Phillip and the Decision 2022 Study Team will be giving a special talk on Sunday, May 15 at 12:00 pm about the issues that are presently challenging the United Methodist Church.  This talk will be given in the Family Life Center and lunch will be served. Please make sure to RSVP to reserve your spot by May 11th.  

The talk, which will be identical to the one given at the April SWM meeting, and will address five questions: 

1. Who were we? 
2. What have we become and how did we get here? 
3. What is before us?  
4. What are our options?
5. What can I do?  

Pastor Phillip will offer his explanation of all of the above. You will have an opportunity to ask written questions. We will provide note cards and pens for your use. 

Important Letter from Pastor Phillip - March 23, 2022

Dear Southside family,


A couple of weeks ago I read a letter to the congregation.  It was calling attention to the pending division in our denomination.  A copy of that letter was sent via email, linked in the newsletter, and posted on the website.

I have since asked leadership members of Southside to serve on a “Study Team.”  I have asked them to research the options that are available to Southside moving forward. This team will carefully review, learn and study all the options. After they have taken a season doing so, they will report to the Southside congregation.  Upon hearing this report, you will have a voice and a vote as well.


The “Decision 2022 Team” is comprised of the following church leadership:


Reece Comer (Chair of the Church Council)

Bill Langley (Chair of the Finance Committee)

Matthew Posgay (Chair of the Pastor/Staff-Parish Relations Committee)

Corey Dawson (Chair of the Board of Trustees)

Bill Daniel (Lay Leader)

Marilyn Myrick (Delegate to the Annual Conference)

Teddy Foster (Delegate to the Annual Conference)


I and Pastor Dale will attend the meetings.  We will have a “voice,” but no vote. Mara Webb will attend the meetings in the capacity of Communication Director.  She will also not have a vote.


Please find below a link to this email address: - If you have any questions, comments, or concerns that you wish to raise, you may email them to the Decision 2022 Team.


The Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church has announced an offering of informational meetings.  The schedule is listed below.  You will notice that some of them are available here in the Jacksonville area.  Some are offered online via zoom.  The Study Committee encourages all who are interested to attend one of the meetings.


There will also be other presentations that will feature speakers that represent the other options that are available.  We will advertise the dates as soon as they are scheduled.


Please continue to pray. Pray for the unity and protection of the church and resolve to be part of the solution. Pray for the Study Team. If you ever have any conversation about this with anyone, either in agreement or disagreement, please end it with prayer for the Christ-centered focus of the church.



Pastor Phillip

A Letter from Pastor Phillip - March 14, 2022